Friday, July 3, 2015

Hell or High Water by Julie Ann Walker - Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: Hell or High Water
Author: Julie Ann Walker
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Deep Six, Book #1

Only two things could make former Navy SEAL Leo Anderson return to the world of weapons and warfare. First, a capsule of chemical weapons lost on the ocean floor, and second, a plea for assistance from the one woman he can't seem to forget-CIA Agent Olivia Mortier.

Now, working together to race against the clock and a deadly terrorist faction, Leo and Olivia must find the missing capsule, all the while battling the intense desire burning between them. If they can survive, can their growing attraction become more than just a momentary flare?

Exclusive Excerpt:
“What?” Olivia whispered after Leo stopped at the far wall.

The feel of Leo’s big, callused hand gently gripping her upper arm had her head whipping back around. They were standing so close she had to tilt her chin way back to look up at him. She couldn’t help but wonder which hue his hazel eyes had taken on behind those blasted sunglasses.

“I’m wonderin’ what your plans are after we retrieve those chemicals,” he said, his voice low and rumbling through her chest. Her stupid nipples perked up as if he’d specifically chosen the timbre to titillate them. And wheeee! Here I go again, riding that damned roller coaster up another hill!

“What do you mean?”

He stuck his tongue in his cheek. “I guess I was hopin’ you’d be willin’ to pass the capsules off to your A-Team and sail with me back to Wayfarer Island. I can have Wolf or Romeo fly you to Key West to catch a flight to DC tomorrow mornin’.”

His words slid into her like a spoon into melting ice-cream, and something warm and delicious unfurled low in her belly. “Leo Anderson, are you asking me to spend the night with you?” Oh, please, begged a part of her, the decidedly downstairs part. Good God, should you be doing that? asked a voice in her head. I don’t know if I’ll be able to love him and leave him, admitted her heart.

When he said, “You know I am,” she studiously chose to ignore the latter two. Especially when he scooted closer so he was crowding her, letting her feel him against her. And the look he gave her, the arched brow, the twisting of his wonderful lips? Well, it ranked about a nine…no, ten…on the panty-melting scale. Her heart tripped over itself. Her breaths came so fast and shallow one would think she’d never been seduced by a man before. Although, in all honesty, she’d never been seduced by a man who could hold a candle to Leo.

“You don’t beat around the bush, do you?”

“Not anymore,” he whispered, leaning down until his mouth was a hairsbreadth from hers. “I want to finish what we started down there in that galley. Hell, what we started a year and a half ago in Syria. Don’t you want to finish it too?”

“God, yes,” she admitted, watching his lips curve into a smile that could only be described as triumphant and…male.

About the Author:
Julie Ann Walker is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of award-winning romantic suspense. She has won the Book Buyers Best Award, been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, and the Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA award. Her latest release was named a Top Ten Romance of 2014 by Booklist. Her books have been described as "alpha, edgy, and downright hot." Most days you can find her on her bicycle along the lake shore in Chicago or blasting away at her keyboard, trying to wrangle her capricious imagination into submission.

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